“Who’s in Your Wallet?” Hamilton, Jackson, Tubman, and the Presidential ElectionMichael Federici, Michael Lind, and Margaret Washington October 20, 2016, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
An expert panel will address elements of the election from Jacksonian, Hamiltonian and Tubmanian perspectives.
“Democracy for Realists and the 2016 Presidential Election”Larry Bartels November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
Bartels will apply perspectives from his recent book on American democracy, Democracy for Realists, to the 2016 election.
Trump and the White Working Class: The Politics of a New Minority?Justin Gest January 18, 2017, 3:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Buntrock Commons, Sun and Gold Ballrooms
On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump, political scientist and ethnographer Justin Gest will offer a fresh look at the white working class constituency that helped propel Trump to victory.
An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr StoryMartin Doblmeier, Richard Crouter, Anthony Bateza, Lori Pearson, and Edmund N. Santurri February 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Carleton College, Weitz Center for Creativity – Cinema (WCC161)
Martin Doblmeier, filmmaker, will talk about the making of this film. It will be shown and a panel/conversation with the audience follows.
Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower MemorialBruce Cole February 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Dittmann 305
Authorized by Congress 17 years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by “starchitect” Frank Gehry for the National Mall remains unfunded by Congress and is the target of a storm of criticism. Eisenhower Memorial Commission member Bruce Cole — speaking as a private citizen — will share the monument’s story.
Two-Day Symposium on Religious and Political DisagreementApril 20–21, 2017, St. Olaf College
The symposium will feature Robert Benne, Amy Black, Mitri Raheb, and Miroslav Volf. These four distinguished scholars of religion will address issues of religious and political disagreement as they bear on (a) diversity within the Christian community largely considered, (b) differences among evangelical Christians, (c) debates arising out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and (d) disagreements among the “world religions” (e.g., Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism) and secular perspectives in pluralistic and globalized societies.
Negotiating Difference Without Sacrificing Identity: Religion, Pluralism, and GlobalizationMiroslav Volf April 20, 2017, 3:45 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
The symposium will begin with a lecture by Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
Evangelicalism and Politics in the Trump Era: Definitions and DebatesAmy E. Black April 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
The second event of the symposium will be a lecture by Amy E. Black, professor of political science at Wheaton College and the author of Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason.
Religious Diversity, Political Conflict, and the Spirituality of Liberation: The Voice of a Palestinian ChristianMitri Raheb April 21, 2017, 3:15 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
Day two of the symposium will open with a lecture by Mitri Raheb, president of Dar al-Kalima University College in Bethlehem and senior pastor of Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
Trying to Live as a Christian in a Polarized Church and SocietyRobert Benne April 21, 2017, 4:30 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
The symposium will conclude with a lecture by Robert Benne, the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus and Research Associate at Roanoke College.
Debating Religious Freedom TodayRobert P. George, Cécile Laborde, and David Little April 27, 2017, 7:00 p.m., St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall 280
This panel discussion will feature renowned normative political theorists Robert P. George, Cécile Laborde, and David Little. They will address issues revolving around the meaning, justification, and practice of religious freedom.